Hank G. Greenblatt Verdicts and Settlements

Reed v. White Water Plumbing
(Sonoma County / Vehicle Negligence)
Confidential Settlement

Plaintiff sustained major injuries to her left leg when she was a passenger of a motorcycle struck by the defendant who was operating his own vehicle and towing a trailer owned by defendant White Water Plumbing. As a result of the accident, Plaintiff's knee cap was shattered. Because of the heroic efforts of doctors at the University of California San Francisco, Plaintiff underwent a total of fourteen surgeries in order to save her leg, including a cadaver knee transplant and multiple muscle and vein grafts. Throughout the course of litigation, White Water Plumbing denied all responsibility for the accident, stating that their trailer made no contact with the motorcycle and that the owner of the plumbing company had no knowledge that the trailer had been loaned out. All the while, Plaintiff argued that the defendant driver was in fact a permissive user of the trailer and should therefore be considered an additional insured under the plumbing company's insurance policies.

Parken v. Vasquez
(with Ms. Saraiva)
(Sacramento County / Vehicle Negligence)
Verdict: $3,600,000.00

Here, Plaintiff sustained major injuries to his neck, low back and shoulder when he was rear ended at approximately 50 to 60 miles per hour. In an attempt to deny liability, the defense alleged that the defendant was hit by a phantom motorist causing her to lose control before striking plaintiff. Defense counsel "vowed" they would never lose the case, and made no offer. The jury saw things differently.

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Lane v. City of Sacramento
(with Mr. Sigel)
(Sacramento County / General Negligence)
Settlement: $375,000.00

Plaintiff sustained major injuries to her neck, low back and right shoulder when the vehicle she was a passenger in struck a median in the road which plaintiff alleged was a dangerous condition. Plaintiff further alleged that the City of Sacramento had knowledge that the condition was dangerous. The Sacramento Superior Court granted the City's Motion for Summary Judgment dismissing the case. Plaintiff appealed, arguing that a lack of prior claims does not equal lack of prior knowledge of a dangerous condition. The City admitted in depositions many vehicles had previously struck this median, even if no injury claims were presented. This case was fought all the way to the California Supreme Court, which affirmed the opinion of the 3rd District Court of Appeals, overturning the City's victory on summary judgment. This resulted in a published opinion, providing supporting case authority for other injury victims. Lane v. City of Sacramento (2010) 183 Cal.App.4th 1337, 107 Cal.Rptr.3d 730.

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Confidential v. SMUD
(Confidential Settlement)

In this tragic incident, a SMUD truck employee was inattentive to the pedestrian crossing the road, resulting in the pedestrian's tragic death. SMUD denied all responsibility for the incident, blaming the pedestrian and attempting to raise his past medical condition as the true cause of the incident. Analysis demonstrated that the driver had ample time to avoid the pedestrian.

Loomer v. Collis
(Fresno County / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $1,000,000.00

Here, Plaintiff was broadsided by defendant who was driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. Plaintiff sustained severe life threatening injuries, including loss of consciousness and thereafter a coma for several weeks. An alcohol licensee was also found responsible for serving alcohol to an obviously intoxicated minor. Under California's broad immunity for alcohol sellers, an alcohol licensee can be held responsible for injuries only when selling to an "obviously intoxicated minor," a very difficult standard to reach. This is one of only a handful of victories in California for victims of under the influence drivers purchasing alcohol from vendors while already intoxicated.

Rasalan v. Mailhiot/Mandango's
(Sacramento County / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $1,045,000.00

Plaintiffs were traveling northbound on State Route-51/Capital City Freeway when they were struck by 18 year old defendant who was under the influence of alcohol. As a result, Plaintiffs lost control of their vehicle, spinning and striking a guardrail, then striking a tree sustaining major injuries. An alcohol licensee was found responsible for serving alcohol to an obviously intoxicated minor. This was Mr. Greenblatt's second victory against a liquor licensee under California's very protective immunity for liquor licensees.

Handler v. Max Comfort
Settlement: $1,000,000.00

A paraplegic using a shower transfer chair sustained serious lacerations and infection when the chair collapsed as a result of incorrect assembly.

Lopez v. Arellano
Settlement: Confidential

Plaintiff's husband was killed by a chiropractic adjustment rendered in a garage by an unlicensed untrained Defendant.

Navarro v. Friel Trucking
(with Mr. Buccola)
(Yolo County / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $1,000,000.00

This was a wrongful death case where plaintiff, a husband and a father, was killed after a head on collision with a semi truck who pulled out into plaintiff's lane of travel just before dawn. An extensive video recreation taking over 12 hours to set up and film at the scene of the accident on the anniversary of the event, demonstrated Defendant's liability.

Navarro v. Sears Life Insurance
(U.S. District Court / Insurance Bad Faith- Fraud)
Settlement: Confidential

After her husband died in a motor vehicle accident, plaintiff was denied life insurance benefits available to her through a life insurance policy sold to her by Sears. Knowing plaintiff was Spanish-speaking only, Sears provided the policy language in English and alleged that their policy included drop down provisions, which limited the benefits plaintiff was to receive after her husband's death in a privately owned vehicle.

Bohannon v. Sheedy Crane
(with Mr. Buccola & Mr. Campora)
(Sacramento County / Construction Negligence- Product Liability)
Settlement: $4,800,000.00

Mr. Bohannon was a 35 year old drywall construction foreman, husband and father, who fell to his death through what plaintiff alleged to be a faulty temporary elevator door. The decedent was working on what is now known to be the Sheraton Hotel in Sacramento.

As a result of this case, this dooring system used by the defendant was permanently modified at all construction sites statewide.

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Ramirez v. Sierra Dredging
(with Mr. Buccola & Mr. Campora)
(Sacramento County / Construction Negligence)
Settlement: $1,000,000.00

Plaintiff was seriously injured when the outrigger leg of a cement pumping truck collapsed with plaintiff under it. Plaintiff was able to prove the collapse occurred because of improper soil compaction and grading by a contractor.

Wander v. Rite Aid
(with Mr. Buccola)
(Sacramento County / Premises Liability)
Settlement: $1,250,000.00

Here, plaintiff sustained neck and back injuries requiring surgery when an overhead upper wall mount alarm that was being serviced fell, striking her in the head and rear shoulder area.

Franklin v. Met Life
(with Mr. Buccola)
(Sacramento County / Insurance Bad Faith- Fraud)
Settlement: Confidential.

Here, plaintiff was a three year old boy whose mother was found to have been murdered on a snowmobile outing by his father. The young beneficiary was thereafter denied life insurance benefits due him under their joint life policies. Met Life argued that the policies were obtained under false pretenses and that there was no coverage.

As trial approached, Met Life agreed to settle the case, but did so demanding "confidentiality" of the final settlement terms. Plaintiff believes that confidentiality was demanded because plaintiff exposed a practice that was not unique to the case at hand.

Leffee v. Direct Trucking
(Monterey County / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $950,000.00

This was a serious three vehicle collision where plaintiff's vehicle was struck head on while traveling on Highway 1. The injured couple was on their "second honeymoon" on the way to Santa Cruz. The entire accident was captured on videotape.

Cervantes v. United States
(with Ms. Saraiva)
(United States District Court Eastern District of California / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $400,000.00

This was a wrongful death case where a 16 year old boy was killed when a United States Postal Service employee pulled out into the decedent's lane of travel forcing him to swerve sharply to the left, striking a wood/metal fence. Several objects penetrated decedent's windshield, killing him instantly. While the CHP cited the Postal employee as the cause, the U.S. Postal Service denied all responsibility. A full computer simulation animation proved responsibility on the part of the Postal Service employee.

Manning v. State of California
(with Mr. Buccola & Mr. Jefferson)
(Humboldt County / General Negligence)
Settlement: $3,650,000.00

Here, plaintiff struck a guardrail on northbound Highway 101 which was installed improperly. Plaintiff, 19 years old at the time of the accident, sustained severe injuries leading to the amputation of her right leg. The case involved extensive investigation as to the proper procedure and specifications of the installed guardrail.

Avina v. McPherson
(Santa Clara County / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $1,750,000.00

Plaintiff sustained major injuries when he was broadsided by defendant who ran a red light.

Hernandez v. Neese
Settlement: $1,500,000.00

Plaintiff sustained serious spinal injuries as a result of rear end collision.

Confidential Plaintiff v. Hotel Partners
Settlement: $800,000.00

This state employee sustained a serious head injury when struck as a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Birch v. Solis
(Sacramento County / Vehicle Negligence)
Settlement: $450,000

The case settled on the morning of trial, for $450,000, following Allstate's refusal to pay their insured's $50,000 policy limits when the injury victim sustained serious spinal injuries in a car accident.

Mahone v. Williams and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company
(Alameda County / Vehicle Negligence)
Verdict: $335,235

Here, the Plaintiff was operating a bus when he was broadsided in an intersection by a vehicle owned by Enterprise Rent-A-Car. As a result of the collision, the Plaintiff lost consciousness, causing him to lose control of the bus striking two houses near the intersection and sustained injuries to both shoulders and knees.